Mullins Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Monroe

July 18, 2022
BFL News Archive

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (July 18, 2022) – Boater Levi Mullins of Nineveh, Indiana, caught three bass Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Monroe. Mullins earned $5,635 for his victory.

“I knew my starting spot had some potential, but I got there and started with a topwater bait and couldn’t get anything going,” Mullins said. “I switched to a shaky head and picked off a few fish in stumps in eight feet of water.”

Mullins said he caught 10 bass during the course of the tournament – six of which were keepers – in the main lake area of Monroe.

“I didn’t know how close I was to winning until I got to weigh-in,” Mullins said. “I just felt like I needed one more quality bite. This is just awesome.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

                1st:        Levi Mullins, Nineveh, Ind., three bass, 12-12, $5,635
                2nd:       Jerry Koller, Paragon, Ind., three bass, 12-1, $2,118
                3rd:       Tyler Mosier, Bloomington, Ind., three bass, 11-15, $1,413
                4th:        Mike Quinlin, Mooresville, Ind., three bass, 11-7, $988
                5th:        Doug Ruster, New Palestine, Ind., three bass, 10-13, $847
                6th:        Rob Flowers, West Harrison, Ind., three bass, 10-4, $776
                7th:        Robert Gilliland Sr., Bloomington, Ind., three bass, 10-3, $670
                7th:        Nick Uebelhor, Jasper, Ind., three bass, 10-3, $1,170 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                9th:        Dave Tinsman, Losantville, Ind., three bass, 10-0, $565
                10th:     Colby Reed, Bloomington, Ind., three bass, 9-12, $494

Complete results can be found at

Phillip Ralston of Terre Haute, Indiana, had a largemouth that weighed 6 pounds even that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $590. Colsyn Head of Poland, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,082 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 10 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

                1st:        Colsyn Head, Poland, Ind., three bass, 10-7, $2,082
                2nd:       John Bradley Atkins, Mooresville, Ind., three bass, 9-5, $1,041
                3rd:       Guy Linville, Camby, Ind., two bass, 9-4, $692
                4th:        Jay Backer, Henderson, Ky., three bass, 7-2, $486
                5th:        Steven Sanders, Orleans, Ind., three bass, 6-13, $416
                6th:        Douglas Salzman, Newburgh, Ind., two bass, 6-9, $382
                7th:        Kevin Freese, Danville, Ind., three bass, 5-15, $447
                8th:        Andy Lundy, Camby, Ind., one bass, 5-13, $602
                9th:        Gary Owens, Columbus, Ind., three bass, 5-12, $278
                10th:     Austin Tinsman, Losantville, Ind., two bass, 5-11, $243

Lundy caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $290.

After three events, Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, leads the Bass Fishing League Hoosier Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 728 points, while Austin Tinsman of Losantville, Indiana, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 718 points.